Partying at Jack Halyard’s American Bar & Grill at 62 South Street at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party Dec. 13, was a great time to get to know more about chamber members.
The chamber members are very happy that Billy Joel’s 20th Century Classics are located in the hamlet and adding to the mix. Media sources revealed that on Nov. 23, piano legend Billy Joel, was recovering from a double hip-replacement surgery that he underwent the week before at Department of Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
If you bought or received a Kindle for the holidays, you are out of luck! You can’t tune in to the Nassau County Library System and download the digital book Sag Harbor, this year’s choice for Long Island Reads. Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library Director Suzanne Koch said, “Amazon, which makes the Kindle doesn’t want to give us access. You can, however, have access with a Nook or a Sony Reader. If you go to Sony Space, they tell you how you can download from your library and tells you which is your local library. Sony came to the Nassau County Library System to introduce their new designs when it came out and has been working with us.”
Approaching New Year’s Eve, many people might have feared starting 2011 with a hangover, but for County Executive Edward P. Mangano, it was the prospect of a takeover, of the county’s finances by New York State agency Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) on Jan. 1, that became very real.
The Roosevelts of Oyster Bay are more than just TR. That will become evident as people view the new exhibit that will open Feb. 12 at the new Oyster Bay Historical Society’s Koenig Center grand opening. The exhibit is called, The Roosevelts Next Door, Portraits of Devotion, and will feature longtime OBHS board member Elizabeth Roosevelt’s family papers. She presented the collection to OBHS Curator Yvonne Noonan-Cifarelli and Executive Director Phil Blocklyn at a preliminary visit to talk about some representative material from the collection she had showed them earlier, saying that there was more at her house. “Yvonne and I met at her house in November 2010 and that was when she presented us with a box containing the papers and said she was donating them to us. We have been studying the material since then,” said Phil Blocklyn.
Doubleday Babcock Senior Center is going through a mid-life crisis: it is changing its name to the Life Enrichment Center and is broadening its scope. It is remaining the same, with daytime services for seniors; as well as the DayBreak Program for frail and handicapped seniors [and others]; but they are adding an “After Hours” program for ages 50+.
‘Twas the week before Christmas
and all through the town,
the elves were scurrying to make the countdown.
The gifts were arriving, by truck and by train,
to fill every stocking with no room to remain.
The children awaited his visit with glee,
then Santa Claus appeared by
the sparkling Christmas tree.
He passed out gifts to the kids so excited...
See what happens when we all stand united.
Festive spirits, Christmas carols and some very good food was the norm at the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 21. The Mineola Choral Society sang Christmas carols and the Village of Mineola’s new mayor, Larry Werther, was introduced to the chamber.
Twenty years in the making and just published by Alfred A. Knopf, the book tells a fascinating tale of the legendary architectural firm that flourished at the turn of the last century. The scrupulously indexed 581-page history goes well beyond the firm’s celebrated turn of the century achievement on Long Island and in New York. It delves deeply into the storied lives of the architects and their circle of wealthy clients.
The Earle-Wightman House at 20 Summit Street, headquarters of the Oyster Bay Historical Society, is in line for a roof repair. It is especially critical after the blizzard that started Sunday afternoon, Dec. 26. “On Sunday afternoon when it started to snow I went into the house to make sure everything was covered with plastic in case the snow got in. We did that last year. On Monday I came in to work and looked into the attic and there was a little snow but not as much as the year before. The town was very responsive and came right over to look at it. I’m concerned that the weather will delay the repair but it is critical that it must be done,” said Oyster Bay Historical Executive Director Phil Blocklyn.
Barbara Minerd is eager for you to donate to the Oyster Bay Railroad Musem, and for a very personal reason. “My father, Penn Minerd spent his life building an N-Gauge railroad. My mother Jane, 90, donated it to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum,” she said.
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